After scoring 4-over-par 75-73=148, Tom Watson will miss the cut at the British Open.
Watson incurred a double bogey on the par-5 5th hole today, dashing his chances to play the weekend. He then bogeyed 16 and 17, cementing his fate. Then, as soon as he struck his ball on the 18th tee, the horn sounded, signifying the end of play today. As the five-time British Open champ approached the Swilcan Bridge, likely for the last time, the entourage scattered, giving him the stage. He walked beside it, gave it a kiss and then posed for pictures for several minutes atop it. But he wasn't done, he pitched his second shot to within two inches of the hole, leaving a tap-in birdie. While the final hole at St. Andrews is hardly one of the more challenging finishing holes in major championship history, it does allow its major champions to exit the game with grandeur and grace, and even a birdie-3 every now and then. Jack Nicklaus, for one, also birdied the hole in his last showing at the course in 2005.
Fri, Jul 16, 2010 05:03:00 PM